The countdown to Christmas officially begins with "Christmas in Downend" on Friday... and what better way to usher in the festive season than by listening to one of our favourite singers in an exclusive live performance?

ANGE HARDY, who performed a brilliant gig at Downend Folk Club in June, will be representing us at the annual event, which takes place right in the centre of Downend. Somerset-based Ange will be closing the show, stepping on stage at around 7.15pm for a 40-minute set.

All the fun gets underway at 4pm, and there will be a Santa's grotto, performances from locals schools and the highly-rated Cleeve Singers, and the switch-on of Downend's Christmas Lights, for which we are promised a yet-to-be-revealed top celebrity!

Ange will also be selling her CDs if you're short of a high-quality stocking filler, while we'll have fliers to hand out and free pin-badges and car-stickers for those that want them. You'll also be able to buy tickets for December's Jim Moray concert.

So there really is something for all the family! Come along and join in the fun!

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We're very pleased to announce a slight change to our line-up for November's concert.

Not only we will we be welcoming JESS VINCENT and MARCEL ROSE as our headliners, as previously announced, we can now reveal that they will be joined by REG MEUROSS as we welcome the full JESS VINCENT TRIO.

Tickets, priced at £8 in advance (£7 for members, via the website) are available from Baguette Me Not in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop or via this website.


We can't wait! We hope you're as excited as we are!


With a beautiful voice matched by an extraordinary songwriting talent, JESS VINCENT will be Downend Folk Club’s headline guest in November.


Jess is a singer/songwriter from Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and the owner of a highly distinctive and mature voice and song writing talent. Often compared to Kate Bush, and Iris Dement, she has two albums, Timeframe and Seesaw Dreams and is actively gigging and promoting these across the UK.



“Jess Vincent is a name that should become as familiar on the lips as the wind is upon the trees”,  said one Fatea Records review, while the well-respected Reg Meuross is also a fan: “One of the most exciting singer songwriters I’ve heard in years, with a magical voice and an exceptional and truly innovative songwriting talent.”


Playing guitar, ukelele and shruti box, will be joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist MARCEL ROSE for the gig. To find our more about Jess and see some of her videos, please visit


Opening the show at Frenchay Village Hall will be Mangotsfield-based ladies acapella chorus BLACK SHEEP HARMONYThe chorus was formed in April 2012 by a group of people who wanted to sing unaccompanied close harmony in a happy, relaxed environment where music is king. Their watchword is continual improvement so that their singing stands them out from the crowd (or flock)! Their appearance at Downend Folk Club continues the club’s passion for promoting local artists. They have their own website,


The concert will be held on Friday 21st November, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 in advance (£7 for members via the website only), or £10 on the door. They are available from Baguette Me Not in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop, where you can also find more information about the club, including our membership scheme.